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# Children's Rights

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# Referendum
Minister: Government acted "in good faith" on referendum information
Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald says the Office of the Attorney General gave legal advice on the website and booklet.
Voices
Colm O'Gorman: The State failed children, but so too did society
The head of Amnesty International Ireland addresses concerns of the ‘No’ camp in Children’s Referendum – and says the Constitution will still be unambiguous in asserting the status of the family.
# Referendum
Supreme Court says Government's Referendum site 'not fair, equal or impartial'
The Supreme Court says the government’s literature is not impartial, and therefore an inappropriate use of public money.
Voices
Column: EastEnders plot has no bearing on Children’s Referendum
The dramatic storyline has not gone unnoticed but it should not permeate people’s opinions, writes Tanya Ward.
# Referendum
Children vote on... children's referendum (They went for 'Yes')
Five youth organisations give test poll to those not entitled to vote – but whose lives are most likely to be affected by the outcome.
# Referendum
Referendum Commission praises 'civic-minded' broadcasters for extra time
Over 60 broadcasters accepted a request from the Commission to devote extra time to its impartial broadcasts on Saturday’s vote.
# Children’s Referendum
Children's Referendum: Varadkar hits out at the No side
The Minister has strongly criticised what he labelled “the constant misinformation” being propagated by the No side.
# Your Say
Poll: Should voting in elections and referendums be held on Saturdays?
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said future Saturday votes will depend on the turnout in next week’s referendum. Do you support holding votes on Saturdays?
# Referendum
Supreme Court to hear appeal over Children's Referendum using public money
The High Court today rejected the claim by Mark McCrystal that the Government is using public money to call for a Yes vote – but now the case will go to the Supreme Court.
AS IT HAPPENED
Vincent Browne's Children's Referendum debate
Emotional language and arguments as Frances Fitzgerald and Fergus Finlay argued for a ‘Yes’ vote as John Waters and Kathy Sinnott argued for a ‘No’.
# overstretched
Four out of five women turned away from overstretched domestic violence centres
Refuge centres for victims of domestic abuse are stretched to the limit, forcing vulnerable women and children to stay in dangerous living conditions.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you feel informed enough about the children's referendum to vote?
The vote is just over a fortnight away but are you confident that you know enough to cast your vote?
# Referendum
Children's Rights Referendum: Three days left to register for your vote
Applications to get onto the Supplementary Register of Elections close on Tuesday. Here’s what to do.
# Children's Rights
First major opinion poll shows 'Yes' leading the way in referendum
A RedC poll commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland shows almost universal Yes support.
Voices
Column: Will we forget Malala, as we’ve forgotten other young victims?
The assassination attempt on 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai has put her situation in the spotlight. But she’s not the first, writes Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui.
# Children's Rights
Fine Gael TDs to run marathon for Yes vote in referendum
Fine Gael Deputies Liam Twomey and Damien English will run to raise money for Barnardos, and encourage people to vote Yes in the Children’s Referendum.
# Referendum
Referendum Commission asks broadcasters to give more time to bulletins
Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan wants broadcasters to give more time to information on the children’s referendum.
# activist
Pakistani girl shot by Taliban arrives in UK for treatment
Malala Yousafzai is being treated for a damaged skull in a highly specialised unit in Birmingham.
# Referendum
TV3 first to announce televised debate on children's referendum
The debate will be held on Halloween Night, October 31, and will feature four parties, two each from the Yes and No campaigns.
# Referendum
RTÉ to stay 50-50 for referendum debates - but news coverage 'cannot be prejudged'
The national broadcaster is dropping a ‘stopwatch’ system for news broadcasts, but will keep it for formal debates.
# Taliban
Condemnation after Pakistan child rights activist (14) shot in head
Malala Yousafzai led a campaign for the right to education for children. She was shot in the head on her school bus.
# Children
Complaints to Children's Ombudsman rose by over 20 per cent last year
The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan said that her office was highlighting cases which were likely to lead to systemic change.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added Tetris
Here are the things we learned, shared and loved today.
# cutting costs
Referendum will save €600k by opening polls for two hours fewer than usual
Polls usually open from 7am but this time around they won’t open until 9am.
# Referendum
Archbishop says children's rights vote is no 'magic formula'
Diarmuid Martin says the Children’s Rights referendum is welcome, but will not solve all challenges for parents and children.
# balance
Near consensus - but here's why both sides will get 50/50 coverage in the Referendum
With little opposition to the referendum so far, there are suggestions that broadcasters will simply cut down on coverage rather than have to give 50/50 airtime to both sides.
# Referendum
John Lonergan: "Our treatment of children has been appalling"
The former governor of Mountjoy said that it will be easy to get the children’s rights referendum passed – but warned that the real test will come afterwards.
Voices
Column: The children's referendum is a chance to put things right
By voting yes, we can prove that this generation has done more than any other to protect children who have been betrayed in the past, writes Aodhán Ó Riordáin.
# Vote
Finally: Children's rights referendum to be held on Saturday 10 November
The exact wording of the referendum will be announced tomorrow, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced.
# Referendum
Cabinet set to agree wording on children's rights referendum
Ministers are likely to sign off on the final wording for the ballot to be put to the public at this morning’s meeting.
Voices
Column: Olivia O'Leary: Here's the main reason why the children's rights referendum matters
It is extraordinary that it is still almost impossible in Irish society for the children of married parents to be adopted, writes Olivia O’Leary
# Children's Rights
Children's minister plays down referendum 'forced vaccination' fears
Frances Fitzgerald says a constitutional reference to children’s rights would not result in forced vaccinations or adoptions.
# Your Say
Poll: How would you vote in the children's rights referendum?
The government is expected to determine the wording and date for the referendum soon but have you thought about how you would vote?
# Children's Rights
'The State has a poor record as a good parent' - report on child protection published
The report calls for more early intervention and support of families and proposes changes in law which would allow anyone to ask the courts to place an ‘at risk’ child in care.
# Argentina
Argentina jails former dictators over stolen baby scandal
Infants were illegally taken from their political prisoners parents 30 years ago.
# Homophobia
Labour TD 'taken aback' by homophobic email
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin published the mail on his blog today to highlight that there are still some people “stuck in a different time zone”.
Voices
Column: Care system had been well funded - so why didn't it work?
The Report on Deaths of Children in Care revealed horrific failures, writes Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue, but will everything be fine once we pass the Children’s Rights referendum?